Coast Guardsmen from Recruit Company Lima 188 march in front of family and friends during Pass and Review at their graduation from Training Center Cape May, Aug. 2, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

From the Homefront: Top 10 things we wish people knew about Coast Guard life

I spend a lot of time explaining Coast Guard life to other people – not just here, but everywhere: to my neighbors, at the gym, at the grocery store, at kids’ birthday parties. I know I am not alone. Every Coastie I know has a set list of responses for the questions we get. We love that people want to understand us. So this week I crowd-sourced the question and asked people to tell me what they wish people knew about Coast Guard life. I sent out a survey over social media, and asked everyone to weigh in to come up with the following top 10 list.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisors and Reserve Training Petty Officers

This is the final post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. This post provides specific information to assist senior enlisted reserve advisors and reserve training petty officers through the transition process.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: Boat Forces Reserve Readiness Cycle

This is the sixth post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. This post provides information on updates to the Baot Forces Reserve Readiness Cycle. The final post in this series will provide specific information to assist senior enlisted reserve advisors and reserve training petty officers through the transition process.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: Support for contingency operations

This is the fifth post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. While this post provides information on developing support elements for contingency operations, future posts will address: an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle as well as specific information to assist senior enlisted reserve advisors and reserve training petty officers through the transition process.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: New reserve competencies

This is the fourth post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. While this post provides information on new Boat Forces Reserve competencies, future posts will address: the creation of contingency maintenance support elements, and an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: Force laydown

This is the third post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. While this post provides information on new Boat Forces Reserve force laydown and composition, future posts will address: new competencies, the creation of contingency maintenance support elements, and an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Boat Forces Reserve: New capability requirements

This is the second post in a seven-part series on the implementation of the Boat Forces Reserve management plan. This post provides information on new Boat Forces Reserve capability requirements. Future posts will address: force laydown and composition updates, new competencies, the creation of contingency maintenance support elements, and an updated Reserve Readiness Cycle.


Boat Forces Reserve logo. U.S. Coast Guard illustration.

Introducing the Boat Forces Reserve management project

The Office of Boat Forces, in close coordination with the Office of Reserve Affairs, is implementing a new Boat Forces Reserve management project to support mobilization readiness for Boat Forces reservists. The plan lays out clearly defined readiness requirements, standardizes reserve PALs at stations and introduces new Boat Forces Reserve competencies to ensure reservists are ready and capable to effectively conduct boat operations in support of Coast Guard missions.